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Thursday, 30 July 2009

Joseph Kosinski follows Tron Legacy with Oblivion sci-fi

Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is developing Oblivion, based on his own concept, as a feature for Radical Pictures.

Kosinski has signed to direct the action feature and will produce along with Radical principal Barry Levine, filmmaker David Fincher and Anonymous Content's David Morrison.

"Oblivion" also will become an illustrated novel, Radical Publishing's first venture beyond comic books, done in a format featuring 40 fully painted landscape images that will accompany the prose.

Described as a “big sci-fi epic” set in a “post-apocalyptic Earth,” where civilization lives above the clouds and scavengers illegally collect artifacts from the polluted and destroyed surface below. The story centers on a battle-damaged soldier who, assigned to a desolate planet after a court-martial, patrols the bleak landscape in an effort to destroy the last vestiges of a primitive alien race. One day, he discovers a crashed spacecraft planetside- and a beautiful women within, who left on a science mission 60 years earlier. When she wakes up, she knows who he is, which doesn’t make any sense to him and together they have to unravel this mystery.

Radical's Jesse Berger will executive produce.

Kosinski began Oblivion when he moved to Los Angeles four years ago, coming up with the concept as something to kick-start a feature directing career.

"I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget," Kosinski said of the initial concept. "It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes."

Kosinski met Levine during the recent WGA strike. Kosinski was impressed with Radical's graphic novels and high-end art, and conversations led to "Oblivion" being turned into a book and film.

Source: THR

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